Using a computer at home comes with some basic maintenance. Just as all electronics require maintenance and clean up, so does your personal computer. Over the years, the computer has evolved from performing basic functions to being a cornerstone of society. When it comes to having a computer at home, you should know that its maintenance is an essential requirement to keep it working efficiently and increase its durability. Below are some easy steps that will help you maintain your PC.
Clean It Regularly
Cleaning your computer is a must do when it comes to performing maintenance on your personal machine. Dust is unfortunately the enemy of all machines and we recommend that you clean your computer at least two times a year, otherwise dust will gather up and block cold air from entering the case. This will cause an increase in temperature that will affect your main components such as the CPU, GPU and HDD/SSD. A higher temperature for these parts means slower speed, so make sure to regularly clean up your machine!
An easy way to clean your computer is to simply use a can of compressed air. Start by turning off the PC and making sure that nothing is left plugged in. Afterwards, all you have to do is simply take off the side panel from the case and blow some air in. If there is a lot of dust build up it might be wise to cover your mouth as you blow the compressed air in.
Scan for Viruses
Depending on your field of work, performing virus scans every once in a while can become critical. We would highly recommend that a virus scan be done at least once a week, especially if your career relies on using a computer on a daily basis. Viruses and Malware are a big threat to any machine that is connected to the internet and so, a weekly scan has the potential to save you and your files from dangerous malware. Some Anti-malware apps we recommend to use are McAfee, ESET, Malwarebytes. There are free Anti-virus programs, however they do come with limited capabilities. A paid for service is crucial for security in most cases.
In the case of malware infection in your system, or if you believe that malware has infected your machine, you should disconnect any other storage devices from the infected computer and disconnect it from the internet as soon as possible! We then highly recommend that you do not use your machine if there is suspicion of a virus infecting it, and have it looked at by professionals, such as ourselves.
Keep Your Software Updated
Keeping your operating system updated is a basic form of maintenance that can be easily performed by anyone. If you are using a windows machine, simply go to the updates tab under settings and click on “check for updates”. Before you start updating the PC (if there are updates available) make sure that you have a stable internet connection and (if using a laptop) that your computer is plugged in! The same goes for any Apple MacBooks or iMacs. Software updates will regularly be released, most of these are for security purposes, so keep your devices updated and half the battle is already won!